Tal Nitsán is a feminist scholar critically examining socio-cultural, global and local perspectives of the intersections between gender, violence, and social change.
As the academic coordinator of the Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, she is in charge of creating and executing the forum's annual academic program and for generating, promoting and maintaining collaborations with civil society organizations, academic units, and scholars from a variety of universities in Israel and abroad. Additionally, she initiates and participates in creating academic and popular content on the subject and organizes academic panels for relevant conferences.
Dr. Nitsán played a key role in initiating and creating the MA program on Gender and Diversity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in which she currently teaches (as well as in other programs at the Social Science Faculty). Previously (2012-2016) she taught at the University of British Columbia; were she also led a number of research and intervention projects on sexual violence prevention in North American campuses; as well as the Latin America and the Global Research Group at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Her doctoral dissertation, From Left to Rights: Guatemalan Women's Struggles for Justice, is based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with the campaign to end violence against women in Guatemala, and focuses on the tension between the international platform of women's human rights and its implementation on the local level. She served on the American Anthropology Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (2016-2019) and on the UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Advisory Committee. (2013-2016).
Her areas of interest and research include: local and transnational aspects of feminist activism, gendered aspects of conflicts, and the tension between theory and practice of social change.